The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (2013) (Documentary)

"We are responsible for our dreams. This is the ultimate lesson of psychoanalysis - and fiction cinema."

'The Pervert's Guide to Ideology' (2013) (Trailer below)

(from IMDB and rottentomatoes) "The sequel to 'The Pervert's Guide to Cinema' sees the re-teaming of cultural theorist and brilliant philosopher Slavoj Zizek with filmmaker and director Sophie Fiennes, for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy...this time using their inventive interpretation of moving pictures to examine ideology - the collective fantasies that shape our beliefs and practices."

"With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Zizek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies, all the better to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies. As the ideology that undergirds our cinematic fantasies is revealed, striking associations emerge: What hidden Catholic teachings lurk at the heart of The Sound of Music? What are the fascist political dimensions of Jaws? Taxi Driver, Zabriskie Point, The Searchers, The Dark Knight, John Carpenter's They Live ("one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left"), Titanic, Kinder Eggs, verité news footage, Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" and propaganda epics from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia all inform Zizek's stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant."

With a 90% at's what some critics are saying:

"Who says intellectual head-trips don't deserve sequels?"

"Noam Chomsky has denounced Zizek's theories as nonsensical, and of course they are. But they're frequently engaging, entertaining and stimulating."

"In essence, the film is a lecture, but Zizek's associative thinking and understanding of the applicability of psychoanalysis makes it a lecture like no other."

"Slavoj Zizek manages to explain some of Lacanian psychoanalysis's most inscrutable notions with disarming clarity and infectious urgency."

"I'm not sure if the Zizek thoughts are an aid to illuminating the Zizek-chosen movies, or vice versa. But it is rich fun and collectably."

"Occasionally bonkers but kinda brilliant with it, there's plenty here to thrill cineastes and fanboys alike."

Event Host: Robb

When and Where: We'll meet up in the lobby of Digital Gym Cinema at 2:30pm and head into the theater at 2:35pm.  The movie starts at 2:45pm.  If you don't get there until after can either find us in the theater or look for us in the lobby after the film.

Cost: General Admission: $10.50 - Students, Seniors, Members: $8.50

After the Film: We might swing by somewhere close to chat and have a drink if enough folks are up for it.  Tiger Tiger, perhaps.

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  • Robb

    Fantastic mesh of ideological philosophy with film...where the film scenes are vehicles for both explaining the philosophical concepts and specific theories as well as giving direct examples of where (in Zizek's opinion) they've been promoted or... Full Review Here:

    January 6, 2014

  • Phil C

    It was a great movie. Unfortunately, it was too intense without s number of serious discussions coming off it. It also require a decent background in either philosophy, critical theory, or political theory.

    1 · January 4, 2014

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